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Library resources and services for students 

Updated: September 14, 2020

Research and Reference Help:

Ask-a-Librarian  (Virtual Research Help)

Hours of operation (Sept. 8 – Dec. 11, 2020):

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.

Email reference assistance

  • General:
  • Archives and Special Collections: beginning Sept 8. – virtual research help and appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
  • Geospatial Map and Data Centre: beginning Sept 8.  – virtual research help and appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
  • The Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr.  Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab: beginning Sept 8. – virtual appointments and digital skill appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Research Help Appointments

To request a one-on-one with a Librarian, please submit a research appointment request.

Note: requests may be directed to Ask-a-Librarian depending on the complexity of the topic.

Laptop and Wifi Lending

The Library has laptops and mobile internet hotspots available (in limited supply) for remote lending for student use within Ontario. This is a service provided by the Ryerson Library to assist students who require access to technology in order to complete courses remotely during COVID-19. Users will need to complete and submit this online request form to access this program. Students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic will receive priority.

TRSM and Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Laptop Lending

Laptop Lending for TRSM is restricted to undergraduate and graduate students, both full-time and part-time and who are currently enrolled in Ted Rogers School of Management programs only. TRSM users will need to complete and submit this TRSM Laptop Lending Request Form to access this program. Students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic will receive priority.

Laptop Lending for the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture is restricted to full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science programs only. Requests will be processed when the laptops are available.  Engineering and Architectural Science Laptop Lending Request Form


Subject Librarians

Connect with your subject librarian to learn more about resources and materials available specifically for your area of study. 

Online Resources

Access to all online resources including ebooks, ejournals, data, streaming video/media  and more, remains available 24/7.


There is currently no access to print material at the Library. Please check the Ryerson Campus Store for electronic textbooks.

Course Readings

The Ryerson Library provides customized online course readings for many courses. These are prepared based on instructor requests and are typically provided for access at the start of term.

If you have challenges or questions regarding access to these resources, please email:

Electronic Resources

The Ryerson Library subscribes to a wide array of electronic resources (articles, ebooks, data, video). To access these resources, you must be a Ryerson student (full or part time), staff or faculty member with an active my.ryerson account. These are available remotely 24/7.

NEW: Scan and Deliver Service

Scan and Deliver Service, along with Print Pickup Service, is available to students, faculty and staff who require access to portions of printed works (chapters, articles, etc.) that fall within copyright permissible amounts can make a request through our Scan and Deliver Service. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.

New: Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is available, by appointment, 7 days per week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Appointments may be booked using Google Calendar Appointment Slots.  For an invitation, please email

NEW: Contactless Print Pickup

Starting July 14, 2020, Ryerson Library is pleased to offer Contactless Print Pickup Service for print books that are not available electronically. This service is open to Ryerson community members with an active OneCard.

New: Study Space Booking

Computer stations are available for booking in the Library’s Ronald D. Besse Information & Learning Commons, located on the main floor. The number of available stations has been reduced to adhere to physical distancing guidelines and to limit floor capacity in order to maintain as safe an environment as possible for students and Library staff. To book a study space, visit: Study Space Booking

Interlibrary Loans (RACER)

Interlibrary loans are available for e-delivery only. Requests submitted in RACER are being monitored regularly by staff. Please email any questions to

Online Articles and Databases

Access electronic multiple articles in databases, search journals, newspapers and magazines, or find specific articles  .

Research Guides

Research guides can assist you with finding online articles and books applicable to your topic and courses.

Citation Guide

The citation guide provides assistance properly citing all material in various citation styles like APA, plus a list of free citation management programs.

Library Workshops

The Library hosts a number of virtual workshops each month. Learn about everything from finding credible resources, literature and systematic reviews to Adobe Lightroom and virtual board games.

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